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It can sometimes be quite frightening to build something, whatever that may be, from scratch. If you are thinking of making, say, a website from the ground up, we recommend first reviewing certain words of wisdom from inspiring figures, as they oftentimes give you the courage to believe in your abilities.
The following quote from Rumi, for instance, is highly appropriate for the topic at hand today:
"You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop."
The Reasons as to Why This Quote is Appropriate Are Two-Fold:
1. The CMS Drupal makes building an entire site much more attainable, empowering you to create something extraordinary all on your own.
2. The name 'Drupal' originated from the Dutch word 'druppel,' which means 'drop.' There's a lot more where that came from, and we'll discuss it further in just a little bit.
This Blog Post Will Cover the Following:
1. A summary of that which makes Drupal a resilient CMS.
2. A step-by-step tutorial about how to install Drupal onto your VPS in the Hostwinds Cloud Portal.
3. A more in-depth explanation as to how Drupal got its name.
Let's do this.
Drupal is a dependable content management system (CMS). Before we go any further, it is incumbent upon us to define the term 'content management system.'
What is a Content Management System (CMS)?
A content management system is a means to build an entire website from scratch without having to know any code at all.
Content management systems provide users with an interface, allowing them to decide how they want their sites to look and function. A CMS also allows users to make recurring changes at any point after creating their sites.
In other words, are you not what one might consider a technical genius or coding expert? You can still build a website using a CMS! Other popular content management systems include Joomla and WordPress.
Back to Drupal:
For one thing, it has a fantastic reputation, particularly because of its ironclad security. Drupal is known to be one of the best, if not the best, content management systems for creating bigger, more intricate, high-traffic websites.
Drupal can handle it. It has the capacity to work with massive database content without compromising the integrity of the website or web application. It works wonders if you are building a high-traffic site, and it is completely open-source!
A More Formal Definition of Drupal: "Drupal is content management software that includes everything you need to set up a website in a single install."
RELATED: How to Install Drupal on Cloud VPS
Drupal can be used to make anything from a small individual website to an extensive social media platform. You can even make an online directory using Drupal. The content management system has a modular framework and a drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy to organize your site's content.
How Did Drupal Begin?
Drupal's story began in 20000. Dries Buytaert first released the CMS as an online forum, and things escalated from there. Initially, Drupal's name was intended to be 'Dorp,' meaning 'Village' in Dutch. Fitting for an online message board, right?
The plot thickens! Buytaert accidentally typed 'Drop,' effectively creating the beautiful mistake entitled Drop.org. Buytaert and his collaborators just went with it, eventually naming the CMS 'Druppel,' meaning 'drop.' The last development in this evolution was when the name 'Druppel' morphed into our current 'Drupal.'
Drupal has a vast collection of modules.
What is a Module?
A module is a library that expands a program's functionality. Drupal's diverse range of modules makes it scalable and flexible. This means you can change your site years down the line if you like. As a matter of fact, you can make Drupal Core your base and continue to scale infinitely from there as you add more and more modules.
What is Drupal Core?
Drupal Core comes with the most commonly used modules, including but not limited to blog options, intricate menu systems, user authorization tools, automation tools, search options, email options, including auto-sending, caching options, and access restrictions. It is the base version of Drupal.
While we're on this topic, we've got more questions.
What is Drupal 8?
Drupal 8 is the newest update of Drupal, and it is a bit of a game-changer. It is a huge milestone for Drupal, as it makes site building much easier, and it makes websites responsive.
In more technical terms, Drupal 8 is an object-oriented framework that offers integration for a lot of other programs and platforms.
What Makes Drupal Stand Out?
Customization. Although Drupal is a little harder to work with than, say, WordPress, it is idyllic for developers because they truly have the ability to make it their own.
In Other Words: Drupal was "designed and built by developers, for developers."
READ MORE: Introduction to Drupal
On That Note: "Even those who are willing to tackle Drupal headfirst will not be able to learn the service and its functions in a few days. If you don't have the time to dedicate to learn how to develop with Drupal, or have little money to pay a developer that is fluent in Drupal, then Drupal may not be the framework for you."
It wouldn't be a Hostwinds blog post without a shameless plug of one or two of our informative Knowledge Base guides. Speaking of which, this is another opportune time to flesh out this idea of Drupal customization with yet another quote from our "Introduction to Drupal" Knowledge Base guide:
First off, the guide defines Drupal as "a CMS designed for developers and programmers who needed more freedom than other CMS options provided."
Here is another "Introduction to Drupal" excerpt to better illustrate the efficacy of Drupal:
"Drupal is a CMS that was designed from the ground up to be open-ended and liberating when it came to the development of the website and all of its features. Drupal has many scripts and functions built-in from the start that CMS options like WordPress require installed separately as plugins after the fact. Since Drupal is coded extensively in PHP, it allows those with PHP experience to have lots of freedom when developing their sites."
Drupal summary, check. Drupal features rundown comes next.
Where to begin? Security seems appropriate, particularly in light of the fact that the White House uses Drupal to maintain its official site!
Drupal's security system is next to none because it is put through extensive tests in order to ensure no issues arise.
More on Security From Our "Introduction to Drupal" Guide: "Drupal is considered one of the most secure content management systems online in the modern-day. Drupal's open-source nature means that the community's security teams can secure any and all plugins or modules the moment they become compromised."
Let's Talk Plugins & Integrations
Drupal comes with copious amounts of integrated plugins that allow users to extend its functionality. Furthermore, Drupal works with many other systems, including various platforms and applications.
Let Our Trusty "Introduction to Drupal Guide" Tell You: "Drupal comes with the functionality for graphics modification tools, graphs management, users management, and more. Using these tools, you can manage a variety of content types such as videos, polls, text, blogs, podcasts, graphs, statistics, users and user groups, plugins, templates, and functions."
Enormous, Eclectic Community
To put it frankly, Drupal's open-source community is huge. To clarify that, Drupal's community is comprised of million-plus individuals, making it by far one of the most gargantuan CMS communities out there today. Members of this diverse group include editors, developers, graphic designers, just to name a few. Drupal's community has been active for over 20 years.
Now that we have a solid grasp of that which Drupal entails, it's time for an expedient tutorial.
Follow these steps to install Drupal onto your Hostwinsd VPS or cloud server:
STEP 1: Visit www.Hostwinds.com >> Click the 'Client Login' link at the top of the page like so:
STEP 2: Click the 'Cloud Control' drop-down menu on the royal blue navigation bar >> Click 'Cloud Portal' like so:
STEP 3: Click that giant green 'Create' button toward the top-right of the page >> Click 'Servers' like so:
STEP 4: Select your preferred operating system if you so choose, then click the 'Applications' tab >> Click on the 'Drupal' option like so:
STEP 5: Select your preferred plan like so:
STEP 6: Select your preferred data center location and billing cycle like so:
STEP 7: Select your preferred quantity >> 'CREATE SERVER' like so:
After you've completed step 7, you have got yourself VPS with Drupal on it, dear friend!
Here is a little related reading to take a look at if it sparks your interest:
RELATED: Drupal System Requirements
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RELATED: Resetting Your Drupal Admin Password
Remember as You Start Working With Drupal: "[…] should you ever run into issues during development or implementation, Drupal has a discussion board, chat, mailing list, and extensive documentation to assist you." – "Introduction to Drupal" Guide
Another Thing to Remember as You Start Working With Drupal: "You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop." -Rumi
Drupal has been used to create well-known sites and applications used by multinational corporations such as Target, Billboard, Best Buy, Virgin, and T-Mobile.
Although this blog post contains just a drop of the sea of features and benefits offered by Drupal, it happens to be that time again to say farewell.
If you have any questions or comments about Drupal, please feel welcome to comment below.
Thank you for tuning into this week's blog post. Have a phenomenal rest of your day!
Written by Hostwinds Team / February 29, 2020